NHL Betting Lines Explained

If you’re an NHL hockey betting fan, then you’ll love betting on all the action that is going on all season long. The NHL season starts in early October and will go on until April, when the regular season finishes and the playoffs begin. Then the final Stanley Cup playoffs will wrap up in early to mid June, depending on the final series. There are a good variety of betting options that are available to bet on in the NHL and with each team playing about 80 games, you’ll have lots of games to bet on.

The most popular types of NHL betting are moneyline betting (this is simply betting which team will win) and total or over/under betting (this is betting on how many goals will be scored). You can also bet on the popular hockey betting option which is “puck line” betting. The team which is favored is given a 1.5 “spread” in which they must cover in order to win the puck line bet. If you bet on the favored team they must win by 2 or more goals in order for the bet to win, but if you bet on the underdog team, this means that the underdogs can either lose by only one goal or win the game outright in order for the bet to win. It’s the moneyline betting which is the most common type of NHL betting and it’s easy to understand and will get you started if you’re new to betting on hockey.

With a moneyline bet all you need to do is bet on the team you think will win the game. As you will see when you play at your favorite sportsbook, the odds are set for each team, with the team favored to win obviously paying out less than the underdogs, and you will just need to place a bet on which team you think will win. For example, when both teams are listed at -110 odds, this is making this game a “pick em price”. With either a selection here you will need to risk $110 for every $100 you want to win. You can also choose to go with “Over under betting” which is used in a lot of sports, and all you need to do is bet on the total number of goals scored by both teams combined over the duration of the game.

NHL prop betting involves betting on anything that doesn’t have to do with the final outcome of the hockey game. Prop betting is done in the regular season, but is more popular in the NHL playoffs, when it's most exciting. Common types of prop bets for the NHL include betting on individual player performances, period scores, or wagering on which team will score first. Prop bets can also include future bets, which are bets on future outcomes of teams and games.

Throughout the off season, regular season and playoffs, sportsbooks will offer lines on each team, giving bettors the chance to bet on teams to win the Cup. You can also bet on individual playoff series, which team will win each Conference, and even which team wins each NHL division in the regular season. During the playoffs, there will be even more betting options. So you can see that betting lines are pretty simple when it comes to hockey and there are lots of varieties and wagering options to choose from when you bet on NHL games. You can always find out more at TeamNHL.